After a decade in which comic book movies reached heights of popularity never seen before, Spider-Man Far From Home brought Marvel’s Infinity Saga and Phase 3 of the MCU to a close, but fear not as the comic book movie phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down any time soon with a large plethora of movies based on our favourite comic book characters on the horizon. With DC, Marvel and even Valiant comics set to hit the big screen in the near future, I’ve decided to look to the future and list which of these movies I’m most looking forward to!
6. Thor: Love and Thunder
Release date: November 5th, 2021.
What excites me most about Thor: Love and Thunder is Taika Waititi returning to direct the project after directing Thor: Ragnarok into arguably the best Thor lead film we’ve seen yet. With Taika at the helm we got to see a perfect blend of fast paced action and genuinely funny moment so it’s nice to see him get a chance to continue to tell his stories in this part of the MCU. I’m also looking forward to seeing Korg again after the introduction of Korg in Ragnarok was a breath of fresh air and left me genuinely crying with laughter so I can’t wait to see what he gets up to. Other interesting points are Valkyrie being revealed as the first major LGBTQ character in the MCU and her role as King of New Asgard being explored and the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Foster, who was missing from the previous Thor film, is set to take on the mantle of the Mighty Thor and I hope they do the comic book story line justice as it was a genuinely moving one and will bring brand new much needed depth to the Jane Foster character. Other than that there’s not much information released about the film so time will only tell what shape the story will take. On a side note, the rumoured inclusion of Christian Bale is very interesting and I’m excited to find out what character he will play.
5. The Flash
Release Date: July 1st, 2022.
After what feels like decades of false hopes and and seemingly endless push backs, The Flash finally has a release date and after what felt like a revolving door of directors coming and going on the project, hopefully a final director, Andy Muschietti. Ezra Miller is set to reprise the role he debuted in Batman VS Superman and fleshed out in Justice League. To me, Miller’s Barry Allen was a bit of a disappointment at first as it felt he was just being used as the class clown and for comedic relief and that isn’t what Barry Allen is supposed to be. However, after recently seeing the character make a cameo in The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover, his quirky comedic tone started to grow on me and it could be perfect for the DCEU setting.. It’s also been announced that the film will take on the Flashpoint storyline, which could be a great way for the DCEU to hit a reset button on some of it’s characters with Batman no longer being portrayed by Ben Affleck and rumours of Henry Cavill’s exit from the Superman role getting stronger every day. Muschietti has said that this version of Flashpoint will be different from what we’ll expect so I’m not entirely sure what we’ll end up getting, but as The Flash is one of my favourite superheroes ever, I can’t help but be excited to finally see him get his own solo film and pray that it does the character justice.
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse 2
Release Date: April 8th, 2022.
With the overwhelming success of the first Into the Spider-Verse movie, Sony wasted no time in announcing and getting to work on a sequel and who can blame them. Into the Spider-Verse breathed new life into a comic book movie and proved that with the right story and direction, animated superhero movies could still be successful. Miles Morales was a welcome change to the Peter Parker story we’ve seen unfold so many times before and even when we were introduced to Peter Parker it was nice to see him much older than we’ve seen before. One thing I’ll never understand is why the majority of Spider-Man’s film outings show him as a teenager when there’s only a short amount of Peter Park led stories that feature him as a school child. It was nice to see him a bit older for a change and seeing all the different versions of Spider-Man together was a fun dynamic. The sequel is set to continue Miles Morales’ story and is also set to introduce Takuya Yamashiro who was the titular character in the Japanese Spider-Man TV show in the late 70s. Not much is known about the story so far, but the thing I’m most excited about with the upcoming Into the Spider-Verse 2 is just seeing what different alternate versions of the web slinger we’re sure to see, especially after the mid credits scene of the first film gave us a cameo of Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac. Give me as many iterations of the wall crawler as you can!
3. Aquaman 2
Release Date: December 16th, 2022.
For the longest time Aquaman was treated like the joke of the Justice League. The one who’s special abilities were talking to fish. He was treat like such a laughing stock that it was hard to take him seriously. If you’d have told me that after all that slander, he’d be spearheading the most successful DC film of all time, in terms of box office money, you’d have been laughed at. Yet, James Wan built a fantastic world and told such a simple story that resonated with fans. It wasn’t overly convoluted, it wasn’t complicated and it didn’t try too hard. With fantastic performances from Jason Mamoa, Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard, the film felt like it was exactly what the DC Universe needed to get back on track after ‘Josstice League’ and I remember leaving the cinema after watching it for the first time with the biggest smile on my face, knowing they’d turned a corner. For that reason, I’m really excited to see the follow up. With no crossovers planned in the DCEU’s forseeable future, it’s looking like this will be the next time we see Mamoa’s Aquaman and I can’t wait to catch up with him and see how he’s dealing with being the King of Atlantis and how Atlantis is dealing with such a drastic change. The costumes in this film were absolute superb as well and so comic accurate with Aquaman’s, Black Manta’s and Ocean Master’s costumes all looking like they were ripped right from the pages of an Aquaman comic book. I think James Wan did such a great job building this world in his vision and now I can’t wait to see how he expands on his vision in his sequel.
2. Wonder Woman 84
Release Date: June 5th, 2020.
To this day, the first Wonder Woman film is still my favourite film in the entire DCEU. The timeline, the setting, the character arcs and the story all felt perfect. What comedy there was, didn’t feel out of place, it felt perfectly timed and not out of place. All of the characters felt like they all had their own role in the story and every one of them belonged. Apart from a shaky final battle between Diana and Ares, the entire film just felt so down to Earth and did wonders for the Wonder Woman character as a whole and with the ending leaving me in tears I didn’t think this movie could be topped. I couldn’t be happier that Patty Jenkins is back to direct the sequel after the outstanding job she did in the first film. She just seems to understand the Diana character perfectly, she highlights how naive she was when it came to man, but also showed how brave and caring she was and I can’t wait to see how she writes her in the sequel now that Diana has been exposed to the world of man for almost 8 decades. With the film set in 1984, which is no surprise based on how the world is feeling an all time high nostalgia for the 80s at the moment, it will be interesting to see what Easter Eggs from the 80s we’ll get. I can’t wait to see Maxwell Lord in his live action debut as I feel he’s an extremely underrated character and hope the film does him justice. Cheetah I’m a bit more meh on, but I’ve never been big on the character anyway so hopefully the film can make me see her in a different light. The one thing I’m disappointed by is the return of Steve Trevor. Now I loved the character of Steve Trevor in the first movie, but seeing him return after his heroic sacrifice cheapens the ending of said movie. Maybe we’ll get a cool explanation of how he returned, maybe he’ll just be a figment of Diana’s imagination, time will tell!
Release Date: June 25th, 2021.
Now I loved Ben Affleck as Batman. I especially loved him as Bruce Wayne and I was so disappointed when I’d heard he’d left the role. After anticipating the new Batman film he was starring him, I lost all interest when he left the role, but slowly and surely, with each passing casting announcement and little bits of information we’ve been given, my interest has returned and grown exponentially to the point where I’m more excited than I was originally! The film is a complete reboot to the Batman we’ve seen already in the DCEU with each character already portrayed being portrayed by brand new actors. I LOVE the casting of Robert Pattinson. People who claim he’s the failed Twilight actor really need to watch some of Pattinson’s latest movies as he’s been putting in fantastic performances more the better part of the last decade. I think Zoë Kravitz has potential to be the best live action Catwoman we’ve seen to date, Andy Serkis is an interesting choice for Alfred and Colin Farrell could be a superb choice for The Penguin. The film is set to be the first in a trilogy and is going to feature numerous members of The Dark Knight’s rogues gallery and I can’t wait to see them all. It’s been said that the film will focus on Batman solving a mystery, highlighting how brilliant of a detective he is which is sorely lacking from the rest of his live action outings so far. The film as a whole feels like a completely different take on Batman than we’ve seen so far and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds. I have the utmost faith that Matt Reeves will do a great job bringing it to life.
Well, there’s the 6 upcoming comic book movies I’m most looking forward to! Hope you enjoyed reading this and feel free to hit me up and tell me what comic book movies you’re most looking forward to. Nothing I enjoy more than talking comics!